Marvellously lucid book which fills a gap on the shelves devoted to twentieth-century music. INDEPENDENTBreaks much new ground and is full of observations that force the reader to think. MUSIC AND LETTERSA compelling portrait. CLASSICAL MUSICBerkeley's character emerges through his music, through interviews with family, colleagues and pupils (including son Michael, Julian Bream and John Tavener) and through correspondence... Berkeley emerges as one of the most significant musical figures of the twentieth century. CLASSIC FM Anyone interested in Lennox Berkeley...would benefit by reading this book. DELIUS SOCIETYThe author is to be congratulated on yet another musical labour of love. THIS ENGLAND
Sir Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989) was one of the leading British composers of the mid-twentieth century and his music has unique qualities which will ensure its survival far beyond transient fashions. Peter Dickinson knew Berkeley for more than thirty years and this much enlarged book places the composer in the context of his extended study with Nadia Boulanger, his friendship with Britten, and the achievement of an independent voice of remarkable distinction. The new book now benefits from interviews with Lady Berkeley, Michael Berkeley, Julian Bream, Colin Horsley, Sir John Manduell, Nicholas Maw, Malcolm Williamson and the late Basil Douglas, Desmond Shawe-Taylor and Norman del Mar. There are photographs, a full list of works, bibliographies and over a hundred musical examples. PETER DICKINSON is Head of Music at the Institute of United States Studies at the University of London and an Emeritus Professor of the Universities of Keele and London.